German World Cup winner and Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze insists he does not deserve to be compared with four-time Ballon d’or winner Lionel Messi.
Germany coach Joachim Low confirmed after ‘Die Manschaft’s’ success in Brazil that he told Goetze to prove to the world he was better than the Argentina captain when he came on as a substitute during the Maracana final, in which he went on to score the championship winning goal.
Speaking to Sport Bild magazine, Goetze said: “I think he (Low) only said that to motivate me. I came on late and he just found the right words to give me a push.
“Messi has proven his extraordinary talent throughout his whole career with Barcelona.
“It’s not a comparison which should be made. He’s achieved so many great things and set the bar so high that practically nobody is ever going to reach it.”
The 22-year-old also revealed he went for a meal out with Bayern coach Pep Guardiola recently
“We had an Asian meal, but I wouldn’t really call it a date,” he said. “It was, however, a very special talk in a relaxed atmosphere.
“Even there, the coach spoke more than anything about football and the way he sees the game, but he doesn’t forget to find out how things are with you personally.
“Such an honest conversation with the coach is very important to a player.”